Create Common Good (CCG) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit whose goal is to empower adults with barriers to employment through foodservice skills training and job placement assistance. Barriers to employment can be overcome by gaining confidence through development of valuable job skills. Through our food manufacturing, we generate sustainable, repeatable revenue making us less reliant on grants and donations and allowing us to model the self-sufficiency we teach.
As a result of the 2008 financial crisis, local entrepreneur, Tara Russell established “Common Ground,” a job and language skills training program serving refugees in Boise, Idaho. ”Simply put, we launched CCG to help people in need land on their feet, discover their potential and enrich their communities."
Over the years, the "Common Ground" job training programs included janitorial services, sewing, agriculture and cooking. In 2010, we rebranded as Create Common Good, positioning ourselves for growth in Boise and beyond.
Through a generous donation of land from Idaho Power and Eastwind Community Church, a farm training and employment site was established in Southeast Boise. The donated land was used as a 3-acre farm and provided an additional training tool for our trainees and helped us to narrow our focus to food and agriculture based training and employment.
In 2015, it became apparent that training in agricultural jobs often led to seasonal employment that did not accomplish our ultimate goal of helping others achieve self-sufficiency, and the tough decision to close the farm was made. Sharpening our focus to foodservice skills preparing individuals for work in a commercial kitchen has allowed to us prepare our trainees for true independence and self-sufficiency. Expanding our focus beyond refugees to anyone experiencing a barrier to employment as well as implementing our wholesale food manufacturing social enterprise has allowed to to serve our local community in an even more impactful way.
Our goal has been to build an empowerment model that could be used in any community. We are a passionate, business-minded organization with a dynamic, talented and rapidly growing team and we are looking forward to all that the future of Create Common Good holds in Boise and beyond.